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Abrons Arts Center Announces Fall 2011 Season

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Our friends at the Abrons Arts Center have announced a fantastic lineup for their fall season. They write:

Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center continues to carve out a unique culture nitch on the Lower East Side. With three world premieres and a distinctive mix of contemporary performance, immersive theater, new music, and innovative twists on popular classics, the Abrons’ Fall 2011 season offers practically something for all tastes and levels of artistic exploration.

Abrons is proud to present the return of Arias With a Twist starring the demented diva Joey Arias and a cadre of fantastical puppets under the direction of Basil Twist. This is then followed by the wildly successful Steampunk Haunted House, this year creating an immersive performance environment in the Abrons Playhouse that adopts the more terrifying elements of Lewis Carroll’s classic stories.

Abrons will host the benefit concert Bebe Neuwirth & Friends, and Irish performer-choreographers Emma Fitzgerald and Áine Stapleton offer their newest work The Smell of Want.

In November, Performa mounts three of its performance art commissions and the New York City Players present the world premiere of Dreamless Land.

The holiday season gets its annual Abrons subversion with the Nutcracker in the Lower, Reid Farrington’s A Christmas Carol or Dickens: The Unparalleled Necromancer, and Mx. Justin Bond’s Austerity Measures: Bitchy Songs for Pissed Off People.

For more information and ticketing visit www.abronsartscenter.org.


Joey Arias & Basil Twist: Arias with a Twist
September 14-October 16
Engorged by an acclaimed intergalactic tour, Basil Twist and Joey Arias’s deliriously madcap fantasy revue returns to NYC for your entertainment and edification. “It isn’t just mind bending, it’s mind origami.” — The Los Angeles Times

Bebe Neuwirth & Friends
October 3
Bebe Neuwirth shares the stage with fellow Broadway stars Brenda Braxton, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie, Roger Rees and Karen Ziemba, as well as the Dontee Kiehn Dance Company, in a benefit performance for Henry Street Settlement and Equine Advocates.

World Premiere
Fitzgerald & Stapleton: The Smell of Want

October 3-8
Graphically honest, deeply affecting, and often darkly funny, The Smell of Want continues Emma Fitzgerald and Áine Stapleton’s analysis of forces that shape contemporary Irish identity. Presented as part of the Imagine Ireland Festival. “Cutting edge theatre that challenges audiences.” — The Irish Sunday Times

Ben Allison
October 16
Jazz bassist Ben Allison and his trio celebrate Henry Street Settlement’s Community Day with this free outdoor performance in the Abrons Amphitheater. “Allison infuses songs with his personal vision and the unpredictability of jazz.” — National Public Radio

Steampunk Haunted House: Through the Looking Glass
October 21-31
Zach Morris/Third Rail Projects, along with the Abrons’ Urban Youth Theater, transform the Abrons Playhouse into an immersive Halloween wonderland inspired by Lewis Caroll’s Alice stories. “A lavish delight for the senses.” — The Village Voice

World Premiere
New York City Players: Dreamless Land

November 1-20
Written and directed by Julia Jarcho, Dreamless Land is a play about patching one’s self together out of other people’s stories. “Jarcho is an extremely clever and bewitching writer and a master of stylized behavior.”
— The New York Times

November 2011
The Abrons plays host to three of Performa’s commissioned events for their international performance biennial.

Nutcracker on the Lower
November 26-December 4
Now in its 10th year, this Henry Street tradition infuses Tchaikovsky with a Lower East Side twist, blending ballet, hip-hop, salsa, and break-dance into a holiday neighborhood frappe. “Irresistible performers.” — The New York Times

World Premiere
A Christmas Carol

December 1-20
Reid Farrington’s imaginative re-interpretation of Dickens’ holiday classic fuses live performers with clips from 70 different film versions for a modern-day magic lantern show. “What beauty there is in Mr. Farrington’s work.” — The New York Times

Mx. Bond’s Austerity Measures: Bitchy Songs for Pissed Off People
December 7-17
The Tony-nominated, and Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner Mx. Justin Vivian Bond returns to the Abrons with an annual holiday concert that promises to make you feel good about feeling bad. “The greatest cabaret artist of this generation.” — The New Yorker

Underground at the Abrons
December 16 & 17
Chris Forsyth curates two evenings of musical exploration. Meg Baird, Steve Gunn, and Loren Connors perform on the 16th. Cian Nugent, William Tyler, and Forsyth perform on the 17th. “Forsyth is as mesmerizing and transcendent as any of his forebears.” — Time Out New York

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